Pubdate: Wed, 04 May 2011
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)
Copyright: 2011 Star Advertiser
Author: Sara Steiner


So once again the medical marijuana patients are left out of any
meaningful legislation to help with the many issues left unresolved
for the last 11 years since Hawaii enacted its so-called compassionate
use of medical marijuana laws. Once again the Senate passed reasonably
helpful bills, and the House proceeded to shred them apart and kowtow
to the law-enforcement prohibition position and the tobacco,
pharmaceutical and other corporate interests.

When is this going to stop? Any reasonable person can go online and
see the countless medical benefits of marijuana. The federal
government sees it too, as it has been busy patenting cannabinoids and
other preparations from cannabis for medical purposes, such as
fighting cancer. They will benefit tremendously, and you the common
citizen will be persecuted and thrown in jail, have a criminal record,
be on probation for large blocks of time, and be denied decent jobs
because of it.

Sara Steiner

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